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Characteristics of Animals

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In this lesson, students will describe and identify characteristics of animals. Students will:

  • discuss different characteristics of animals for survival.

  • identify adaptations that animals use for their survival.

  • identify how animals adapt to different environments.

  • observe an aquarium or terrarium.

  • explore characteristics of ants and how they survive in their environment.


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Vocabulary

  • Adaptations: Alterations or adjustments in structure or habits, often hereditary, by which a species or individual improves its condition in relationship to its environment.

  • Characteristics: A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.


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60–90 minutes/2–3 class periods


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